Theories of ‘Mr Kipper’ who met Suzy Lamplugh including that story was fake

The daylight disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh in 1989 remains one of the UK's biggest mysteries as almost 35 years have passed and no justice has been served.

25-year-old estate agent Suzy disappeared after leaving her office, Sturgis and Sons, to show a man known only as "Mr Kipper" around a house for her 12.45pm appointment with him in Fulham, southwest London in 1986.

Witnesses claim to have seen her waiting outside an empty property, 37 Shorrald’s Road, which had only been on the market for one week, and was joined by a man who was presumed to be "Kipper" at around 1pm.

They were seen walking away from the house just minutes later – and that was the last confirmed sighting of her before her manager reported her disappearance to the police at around 6.45 pm.

After eight years of searching, the young woman was declared dead in 1994 despite nobody being found and no suspect being charged.

As with any unsolved crime, there are theories surrounding the identity of Mr Kipper as the public try to make sense of the senseless suspected murder of a young woman who was just trying to do her job.

The Daily Star has taken a deep dive into the suspects and the theories behind them.

John Cannan & the suitcase theory

The strongest theory to date is that convicted rapist and killer, John Cannan, killed Suzy after he was named as a prime suspect in 2002.

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In 1989 he was convicted of rape, attempted abduction, murder and attempted robbery following a series of crimes against young professional women.

His family begged him to confess to the crime but he never has and the Crown Prosecution Service said there was not enough evidence to prosecute Cannan for Suzy's murder.

He is currently held in Full Sutton prison for the murder of another woman, newlywed Shirley Banks, in 1987.

In 2019, a witness identified a man looking like John Cannan dumping a “large piece of luggage” in the Grand Union Canal after she went missing, according to Entertainment Daily.

It was said to be a “very heavy-looking bag on wheels”.

The witness reported the sighting three times to police in the 1980s.

Land in the West Midlands was searched in 2018 in relation to the Cannan theory.

Steve Wright: 'Kipper as slang for face'

In 1982, Suzy worked as a beautician on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2, where Steve Wright was also working as a steward.

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Steve was later convicted in February 2008 of murdering five prostitutes in Ipswich leading the Metropolitan Police to investigate him in connection Suzy’s disappearance.

Wright's ex-wife, Diane Cole, told the Daily Mail he had shore leave around the time of Lamplugh's disappearance and that she had given full details to police.

Cole, 53, from Hartlepool, Cleveland, told the paper: "I'm sure Steve used the word 'kipper' as slang for face."

However, a senior Met police officer described the link as “speculative”.

Met Officer believes meeting Mr Kipper was fake

Ex Scotland Yard investigator David Videcette said in 2019 claimed to have unearthed 'compelling evidence' to suggest the case was flawed from the start and believes she invented the meeting to cover her tracks with her bosses.

In her office diary she recorded details of a lunchtime appointment with 'Mr Kipper' at a property in Shorrolds Road, Mail Oline reported.

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But former detective Mr Videcette, who has spent three years investigating the case, believes she never actually visited Shorrolds Road, despite witnesses claiming to have seen her there with a man.

Mr Videcette, now a freelance investigator, told the Daily Telegraph: "There is compelling evidence that has convinced me the infamous appointment at Shorrolds Road at 12.45pm on July 28 1986 never took place.

"It is my firm view that Suzy put the Mr Kipper entry in her diary because she had to nip out to meet somebody else and she wasn't supposed to leave the office unattended.

"I believe the answer to this mystery lies in another appointment that Suzy did keep, but that has never been explored."

However, Suzy's late mum, Diana claimed it was unlike Suzy to go against the rules and regulations of her job.

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